ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Below is a release from Rosecrance concerning back to school advice and an upcoming prevention series they are offering.
Back-to-school time means new challenges for young people and their families. Unfortunately, in some cases these challenges include substance abuse.
Peer pressure can increase as students spend more time with friends and drugs may be involved. What parents might not realize is they often have a greater influence than their children’s friends.
Research shows that kids who learn about the risks of alcohol and other drugs from their parents are 50% less likely to use than those who don’t.
“Communicating with children about making healthy choices, including the dangers of smoking, drinking, or using other drugs their bodies don’t need cannot start too early,” said Rosecrance Community Services Manager Mary Roufa.
“Parents are the perfect teachers of such lessons.”
Roufa offered these tips for parents:
• Stay connected by listening to your child and encouraging discussion
• Learn about the science of adolescent brain development and the impact of non-medical drug use on the brain, then talk about it with your children.
• Provide structure, monitoring, and opportunities to learn responsibilities.
• Set boundaries and follow through with positive and negative reinforcement.
• Provide consistent messages from both parents.
• Teach children about healthy choices, including stress.
In September, Rosecrance is beginning its 2013-2014 Prevention and Early Intervention series. The evidence-based alcohol and drug education service is designed to provide education, support and direction to families and their teens who may be at risk of more serious involvement with alcohol and other drugs.
Each class meets for three sessions and the series is intended only for those who have completed a substance abuse assessment and received a recommendation to attend. Classes will be held in Frankfort, Northbrook and Naperville/Warrenville. The cost is $150. For more information or to register, go to rosecrance.org/events.